VCT Magazine Issue #44 (Print/Digital)
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In this Issue:
- 1961 Airstream Golden Caravan
- 1947 Spartan Manor - Glamperfest
- 1956 Airfloat Land Yacht
- Vintage Trailer Shapes
- Vintage Trailer Vacation
- Vinyl Wrapping Campers
- 1979 Silver Streak Deluxe Atlas
- Valuing Unique Vintage Trailers
- Not For Sale
- SoCal Aristocrats Anonymous Rally
- Automotive Grrraminals
- Buying Your First Vintage Trailer
- Marketing Your Trailer for Maximum Profit
- Seasons Greetings
- 1952 Saratoga
- USA Rally Calendar
I am writing this column in Troy, Ohio in a Starbucks with Wi-fi. We are traveling across the country with the Golden Caravan Airstream and finishing this issue of the magazine so we can go to press. Our routine has been to get up early, work a couple of hours and then hit the road or go exploring. Today was Caroline’s birthday so we had a special “birthday brunch” at a truck stop restaurant. The restaurant was owned by a Greek family so Caroline got a piece of Baklava with a candle in it.
The joys of working from the road are worth the headaches. Last night, my daughter Grace and I saw our first “Lightning Bug”. It was really something to see spontaneous bursts of light in the night sky. Grace was even able to catch one – a worthy childhood achievement that most kids from the west coast don’t get to experience.
We have passed by or stopped to explore 4 State Capitols: Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Topeka and Jefferson City. We have seen beautiful scenery and experienced things we have only read about like the Continental Divide and the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
We were able to visit Modern Litho in Jefferson City, MO. They print and mail the magazine for us. Modern Litho’s state of the art facility prints and ships over 500 niche magazines. Visiting this family owned business deepened our confidence that we are doing business with the right company. They are a large company and while we are not their biggest customer, they treat us like we are and rolled out the red carpet.
We have also met great people along the way that have either met up with us intentionally at one of our camp outs or that we have serendipitously crossed paths with. The vintage Gold Striped Airstream is always a conversation starter. The gold stripe throws Airstream aficionados off their game. It is a fun story to share as we make new friends. The new Capri Camper mounted to our truck has been a comfortable retreat with its modern A/C and beds for everyone.
For all the positives, there are a few challenges. Wi-fi has been our arch nemesis. The first few days of work time were spent trying to figure out how to connect to the Internet rather than accomplishing any real work. Messing around with technology is part of the price we must pay to be working on the road. Thankfully, we have figured out how to create a workable hot spot off our phones so we can get on-line to work.
My son Angelo took over our shipping department until he flew out to join us on the road in St. Louis, MO. There is a bit of boss versus parenting relationships that need to be worked through. While challenging, it is still a wonderful growing experience for all those involved. We are grateful that Angelo is responsible and is working at getting all the orders to the post office in a timely manner.
Working from the road does present some extra hoops we have had to jump through, but it is worth every moment of consternation to make the memories and share the experiences we are having as a family.
By Paul Lacitinola